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Poster: Dudley Dead Date: Aug 24, 2012 12:06pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Aye, the legend of Boreal Ridge...enter at your own peril...bwahahahahaha!!!!

It was one of those "cool that they did it " sort of things . But if you were to play this in isolation to a Beatle fan, or even even someone attuned to this sort of music , you might get " who is this bar band with a crappy rhythm section , and inadequate singers, taking a stab a great Beatle song". But it is fun, and it IS a hot show (6/25)..
I just don't think covering tight pop songs, was playing to the Dead's strengths in the 80's , and 90s . One problem I have with their Beatle covers, is that they are not different enough to make it their own . Except I sorta like the late Garcia "Lucy In The Sky", and his "Revolution" is sort of in the "Deal" zone, right up their sleeves . But at least there Beatle covers were fun rarities . That they (Mr. Weir) played that embarrassing version of "The Last Time" so many times . Compared to the RS's menacing screeching, cars crashing, doom, their version seemed like a limp and lame tantrum . It could have worked , but it needed some rethinking ( " I guess you don't like their version Charlie ").
As to Boreal Ridge, besides Jerry being out of breath from the tempo ... the elevation might have been rough on some one not is the best of health...
I though of going to that one, but I am glad I didn't .